Tuesday’s mayoral election will help decide future of transit in Seattle for years to come, and that decision will be made by those voters who bother to return their ballots. Not very many people have sent in their ballots, and that’s not a good sign for transit advocates.
Early voters are usually older, many of them over age 65. That age group is statistically the least likely to support improving public transit, from saving Metro bus service to expanding rail in Seattle and our region. They are the most likely to be influenced by the Seattle Times’ attack on sustainable, dense, transit-friendly policies as being some kind of “war on cars.” If turnout remains this low, then it will be those voters who decide which two candidates face off against each other in November. And the candidates they choose might not be good for transit in Seattle.
We can’t let that happen. We need pro-transit voters to turn in their ballots now – and then make sure their family and friends vote too. Seattle Transit Blog has endorsed Mike McGinn for mayor because of his strong pro-transit, pro-density record. You can find our complete 2013 primary endorsements here for other important races, too.
Seattle residents are strongly in favor of transit. We shouldn’t let our elections be decided by the small minority that is anti-transit. Please vote.